Thursday, April 7, 2016
Rogue One: Not Just a Star Wars Story
I've forgetton Rey completely and want to marry Jyn Erso
Okay, not really. Not the first part, anyway, but how incredibly badass is this character? Answer: unquantifiably. First of all, she's a prisoner of the Alliance, and, based on her rap sheet, not an Imperial hostage. So I'm guessing she not so much joins the Rebellion as gets a "get out of jail free" card in exchange for taking on the mission she's offered, whatever that might be (spoiler alert: stealing the Death Star plans). Second, she's a hell of a fighter; seemingly adept with both melee weapons and a blaster, so, I mean, awesome. Third, she has a feisty, rough-edged disposition that I personally find very appealing (also love Mon Mothma's little smirk after Jyn says, "I rebel." Also, just how perfectly did they hit the nail on the head with Mothma's character? It's striking how well the two actresses line up, visually and audibly. Three cheers for that.)...the only thing that trips me up, honestly, is the whole "on your own from the age of fifteen"...isn't that Ezra's story? At least tell me she ran away, or made some kind of personal decision to be independent at such a young age and isn't a tragic orphan of the evil Empire...I don't feel like going down that road again...other than that, though, truly terrific character that I'm already head over heels for...but just wait until I let loose with my off-the-wall theory on how her story unfolds...
The man in white
Dark Purge Troopers
What will you become?
So yeah, this movie looks amazing. I mean, just visually stunning. From Ip Man himself making a Stormtrooper look silly to the AT-AT splashing around in water while shooting at our on-rushing rebels...the costumes are fabulous, the cinematography looks dynamic and gripping...I just can't wait to see this movie. I think it's going to be a home run from a pitcher, something spectacular that even some big fans (me, I know) didn't see coming. Now, by all means, go watch it a few zillion more times and see what you glean that I didn't, and do your best to match my level of ignited anticipation...and, as always, while you're watching and pondering and considering methods of stasis to make December come faster, may the Force be with you...